Wir gingen – Ce n’andammo

In his probably most well-known novel from 1982, Die Walsche, the award-winning South Tyrolean writer portrays the tense relations between South Tyroleans and Italians, based on the fate of a young village woman who is torn between two worlds without ever really feeling at home in either.

In 2004, Wir gingen – Ce n’andammo was released. The book is a kind of family chronicle, but it also goes well beyond this genre. The author’s family lives in Meran. South Tyrol has been a part of Italy for 20 years, the Fascists are ruling the country, and Hitler has made a pact with Mussolini for a final solution for the South Tyrol problem: every citizen will be “allowed” to decide if he wants to stay in South Tyrol and thereby take on Italian citizenship or if he wants to maintain his native language by emigrating to the German Reich. Like almost everyone in South Tyrol, the Zoderer family chose the last “option”. Joseph, the son, recounts his search for identity conducted through a conversation with his brother about his earliest childhood memories.

Title: Wir gingen
Author: Joseph Zoderer
Year of Release: 2004
Publisher: Edition Raetia
ISBN: 978-8872832172

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